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S1417 LEAFLET Pulmicort 20170704



Your medicine is called Pulmicort Respules 0.5mg / Budesonide
Suspension For Nebulisation but will be referred to as Pulmicort
Respules throughout the remainder of the leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
medicine because it contains important information for you.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or

This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are
the same as yours.

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet. See
section 4.

Driving and using machines
Pulmicort Respules are not likely to affect you being able to drive or
use any tools or machines.

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist
has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are
not sure.

The solution in a Respule must be put into a nebuliser and
made into a fine mist before it can be breathed in. It is then
inhaled through a face mask or mouthpiece. Instructions for
using your nebuliser are given after the section ‘How much to
Note: Do not use an ultrasonic nebuliser with Pulmicort

Your asthma may improve within 2 days. However, it can take
up to 4 weeks for the medicine to have its full effect. It is
important to use Pulmicort Respules every day, even if you
have no asthma symptoms at the time.

What is in this leaflet

How much to take

1. What Pulmicort Respules are and what they are used for


2. What you need to know before you use Pulmicort Respules

Your doctor will tell you how much to take. This will depend on how
severe your asthma is. Your doctor may lower your dose as your
asthma improves.

3. How to use Pulmicort Respules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Pulmicort Respules
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Pulmicort Respules contain a medicine called budesonide. This
belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’. It works by
reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.

Pulmicort Respules are used to treat asthma. They are also
used to treat croup in infants and children.

A Respule is a small plastic container that contains a liquid. The
liquid is put into a machine called a nebuliser. This machine
turns the medicine into a fine mist which you breathe in through
a face mask or mouthpiece.


The recommended starting dose in adults and children over 12
years is 1 mg to 2 mg (milligrams), twice a day.

Children under 12 years are usually prescribed a lower dose of
0.5 mg to 1 mg, twice a day.

The recommended dose for infants and children is 2 mg a day. This
may be given all in one go, or 1 mg may be given followed by
another 1 mg 30 minutes later.
Instructions for using Pulmicort Respules
1. Break off a Respule from the strip. Leave the rest in the foil
2. Shake the Respule gently.
3. Hold upright. Twist off the top of the Respule to open.
4. Place the open end of the Respule firmly inside the nebuliser
cup. Squeeze slowly to put the liquid in the cup.
5. Throw the empty Respule away. Put the top back on the
nebuliser cup.
6. Connect one end of the cup to the face mask or mouthpiece.

Do not use Pulmicort Respules:

7. Connect the other end of the cup to the air pump.

8. Gently shake the cup.

If you are allergic to budesonide or any of the other ingredients
of this medicine (listed in section 6).

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Pulmicort Respules,
tell your doctor or pharmacist if:

You have a lung infection.

You have a cold or chest infection.

You have liver problems.

Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual
Other medicines and Pulmicort Respules
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken
or might take any other medicines. This includes medicines that you
buy without a prescription and herbal medicines. This is because
Pulmicort Respules can affect the way some medicines work and
some medicines can have an effect on Pulmicort Respules and
your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of
the following medicines:

9. Turn on the nebuliser and breathe in the mist calmly and deeply
using the face mask or mouthpiece. If you are using a face
mask, make sure the face mask fits tightly.
10. You will know when your treatment is complete because the
fine mist will stop coming out of your mask or mouthpiece.
11. How long it takes to nebulise all the medicine depends on the
type of equipment you use. It will also depend on the amount of
medicine to be used.
12. Rinse your mouth with water. Spit out the water. Do not swallow
it. If you have used a face mask, wash your face as well.
13. After each use, you must wash the nebuliser cup and
mouthpiece (or face mask) in warm soapy water and rinse well.
After washing, dry these parts by connecting to the air outlet or
the compressor and blow air through them.
Important information about your asthma symptoms
If you feel you are getting breathless or wheezy while using
Pulmicort Respules, you should continue to use Pulmicort Respules
but go to see your doctor as soon as possible, as you may need
additional treatment.
Contact your doctor immediately if:

Steroid medicines.

Medicines to treat fungal infections (such as itraconazole and

Your breathing is getting worse or you often wake up at night
with asthma.

HIV medicines (such as ritonavir or cobicistat-containing

Your chest starts to feel tight in the morning or your chest
tightness lasts longer than usual.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before using this medicine - do not use
Pulmicort Respules unless your doctor tells you to.
If you get pregnant while using Pulmicort Respules, do not stop
using Pulmicort Respules but talk to your doctor immediately.

These signs could mean that your condition is not being properly
controlled and you may need different or additional treatment
If you use more Pulmicort Respules than you should
It is important that you take your dose as stated on the pharmacist’s
label or as advised by your doctor. You should not increase or
decrease your dose without seeking medical advice. If you use
more Pulmicort Respules than you should, contact your doctor or
pharmacist for advice.

If you forget to use Pulmicort Respules


If you forget to take a dose, skip the missed dose and take the next
dose as usual.


Do not store above 30°C.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.

Respules should be kept in the foil envelope and outer carton to
protect from light and used within 3 months of opening the
envelope. Note: It is best to mark the opening date on the foil
envelope to help you remember.

If either of the following happen to you, stop using Pulmicort
Respules and talk to your doctor immediately:

Each Respule must be used within 12 hours of opening. After
this time, the Respule and any remaining contents should be
thrown away.

Swelling of your face, particularly around your mouth (with
possible swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes, ears), rash, itching,
contact dermatitis (a skin problem), hives and bronchospasm
(tightening of the muscles in the airways which causes
wheezing). This may mean that you are having an allergic
reaction. This happens rarely, affecting less than 1 in 1,000

Do not use Pulmicort Respules after the expiry date printed on
the carton and foil envelope.

If your doctor decides to stop the treatment return the Pulmicort
Respules to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep them if
your doctor tells you to.

If the suspension becomes discoloured or shows any other
signs of deterioration, you should consult your pharmacist who
will tell you what to do.

Sudden wheezing after inhaling your medicine. This happens
very rarely, affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help protect
the environment.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.

Other possible side effects:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

Thrush (a fungal infection) in the mouth. This is less likely if you
rinse your mouth out with water after using Pulmicort.


Mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice.

What Pulmicort Respules contain

Pneumonia (infection of the lung) in COPD patients.

Each 2ml unit dose of Pulmicort Respules 0.5mg contains
0.5mg of the active ingredient budesonide as a suspension

The suspension also contains disodium edetate, sodium
chloride, polysorbate 80, citric acid, sodium citrate and purified

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following while taking
budesonide, they could be symptoms of a lung infection:

fever or chills

increased mucus production, change in mucus colour

increased cough or increased breathing difficulties.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

Feeling worried, restless and nervous.


Trembling and shaking.

Cataract (clouding of the lens in the eye).

Muscle cramps.

 Blurred vision.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)

Rash on the face after using the face mask. You can stop this
from happening by washing your face after using the face

Sleeping problems, feeling over-excited or irritable. These
effects are more likely to occur in children.

Bruising of the skin.

Loss of voice.

Hoarse voice (in children).

Inhaled corticosteroids can affect the normal production of steroid
hormones in your body, particularly if you use high doses for a long
time. The effects include:

changes in bone mineral density (thinning of the bones)

glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)

a slowing of the rate of growth of children and
adolescents (rare). If high doses are given over several
years, final height may be reduced by about 1 cm.

an effect on the adrenal gland (a small gland next to the
kidney) (rare).
These effects are much less likely to happen with inhaled
corticosteroids than with corticosteroid tablets.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme. Website: By reporting side effects you can
help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

What Pulmicort Respules look like and contents of the pack

The suspension is made into a fine mist in a nebuliser and is

The packs contain either 1 or 4 foil envelopes each containing 5
unit doses (Respules).

Product Licence holder
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the
Product Licence holder: S&M Medical Ltd, Chemilines House,
Alperton Lane, Wembley, HA0 1DX.
This product is manufactured by AstraZeneca Farmaceutica Spain,
S.A., A Relva, s/n-O Porrino (Pontevedra).

PL No: 19488/1417 Pulmicort Respules 0.5mg

Leaflet revision date: 04 July 2017

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S1417 LEAFLET Pulmicort 20170704

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